What is SouthPAN?
- The Southern
Positioning Augmentation Network
(SouthPAN) is a joint initiative of the Australian and New Zealand
governments to provide a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)
for Australia and New Zealand.
- SouthPAN early Open Services became live on
26 September 2022.
- SouthPAN is the first SBAS in the
How does SouthPAN work?
- Similar to other SBAS systems, the SouthPAN system consists of
a single geostationary satellite and one ground station.
Early Open Services will use a single, dedicated,
uplink facility to transmit the data stream to the geostationary satellite.
Additional uplink facilities will be deployed to
provide redundancy and support new satellites in the future.
Early Open Services will transmit data on the L1
(1575.420 MHz) and L5 (1176.450 MHz) frequencies.
Additional satellites will be added to provide
another navigation frequency of 1207.140 MHz.
When complete, SouthPAN will include a total of
two satellites in geostationary orbit.
- SouthPAN is intended to provide improved
Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) capabilities to End-Users in
Australia and New Zealand.
Do I need
- SouthPAN is the first SBAS in the Southern
- SouthPAN will enable users with a receiver
that tracks GPS L1 C/A signals to improve their position accuracy to better
than ≤3m in the horizontal and ≤4 m in the vertical (95% confidence
- SouthPAN will
enable users with a receiver that tracks GPS L1 C/A and L5 signals,
and Galileo E1 and E5a signals to improve their position accuracy to better
than ≤1.5m in the horizontal and ≤2.5 m in the vertical (95% confidence
- Unless your current gear can do this without
SouthPAN access, you need SouthPAN!